Application deadlinesFall, Jan. 7; no spring admission
- all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
- statement of purpose
- three recommendations
- Art portfolio required. For instruction regarding the art portfolio, please go to the AAP Graduate Admissions site at http://aap.cornell.edu/art/admissions/grad-admissions.cfm for instructions.
- Creative Visual Arts (M.F.A.)
- studio art
The Master of Fine Arts program requires four terms of residence with a minimum of sixty credits; it is intended for those who want to further their education as artists. Candidates must complete eighteen credits of course work in the history of art, either as graduate or undergraduate students, and must earn at least twelve credits for academic work outside the Department of Art.
Every M.F.A. candidate must (1) prepare a written statement, (2) offer a thesis exhibition of studio work completed during residency, and (3) give an oral defense of the written statement and exhibition. The written statement may deal with the major concerns of the student's own work or with some aesthetic or historical issue in art. The oral defense of the written statement is presented at the time of the thesis exhibition.
The art facilities are housed in buildings that are open twenty-four hours a day and are located near the Fine Arts Library (about 140,000 volumes) and the university's Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art.
There are private graduate studios located in the Centre for Graduate Studies in Art/Foundry building, a 45 x 180 foot converted building with 14 foot ceilings that includes work and critique spaces.
Print Media located in Tjaden Hall includes relief, intaglio, lithography, serigraphy, and various photographic processes. Also includes etching presses, lithographic presses, and proof presses.
Potography located in Tjaden Hall includes processes such as black and white, color, nonsilver, and large-format.
Sculpture is located in the Foundry and includes a bronze casting facility, complete gas-and arc-welding facilities, heavy-duty ginders, a drill press, a band saw, and a variety of portable power tools.
MFA students share AAP College production facilities in Rand, Sibley and Tjaden Halls.
Graduate Assessment Plan
Department of Art
Recent changes in the Cornell MFA Program which were made in response to both departmental assessment processes and considerations of developments in contemporary professional art practice:
- 2009 Art department graduate faculty decision to recruit, admit, and educate its students in an inter-disciplinary art/research based orientation.
- Full departmental graduate faculty review and vote of MFA applicants, with graduate student body participation in an advisory capacity.
- Annual full graduate faculty critique of student artwork in fall semester graduate group exhibition.
- Recruitment of affiliate faculty from key areas of scholarship from across the university, to participate in graduate special committees.
- Annual New York City exhibition and catalogue publication, which is organized by the graduate student body as a method of professional engagement.